So we’re super hush-hush about this, because all my bloggers friends who like Romance featuring diverse main characters, are folks we really admire and respect, and it just felt sleazy to market to folks, even though they may or may not be interested in a new read.
We’re kinda terrified of the Romance we write. A lot of Romance that’s popular, and actually sells aren’t inclusive. Some readers don’t or can’t even relate to a someone who’s different from them. And when it comes to women of color(and this is definitely no shade. It sells…) we sometimes have to be a certain way for people to connect to us.
Our first release featuring NA/Adult themes(we released a YA SFF as our debut) features a main character who ends up in a complicated situation. It’s basically “the right guy at the wrong time” type of story. It’s a story that’s been told before, so we can’t sell folks on a dream that they haven’t read anything like it.
What we like most about her is that Nigerian-American(shot out to all our Nigerian/West African girls!) and most interracial romance books highlight Black women that hail from Western culture. Not to say the book is solely about her being Nigerian, but she’s close to her culture, and it doesn’t make her any different than an Afro-Latina, Afro-Caribbean(even though some Latinx are both!)or US/UK bred Black women.
Plus she’s a Supernatural geek, a book lover(works in a book store, the perfect job!) and still a college student at 27, because not everyone gets that degree right out the bat.
Plus she’s digging a cutie named Timothy. Their situation isn’t perfect. That’ll probably turn some people off…
But in our defense, both of us have been in Timothy and Naima’s shoes. It’s not always easy to be in either situation, and I want more books to reflect things normal folk go through. Not everyone is a billionaire or shit, even a millionaire!
Can sista just date a dude with a 9 to 5? XD
We want to create more men of color, and plan to A LOT next year(I’m Team Blasian, Libertad’s Team Blatino)it just happened that our first non-Speculative Fiction/YA release is Black Woman/White Man because it was the most polished at the deadline for our editor.
It’s part of a duology, much like another release we’re planning for the beginning of 2016, but they’ll eventually both be in the Kindle Unlimited Program, so those who have that, it’ll be available at nothing extra to you! If you want to be sure it’ll be something for you, it’ll also be on Netgalley!
We’ll get to learn what works and what doesn’t to help us improve our writing and marketing skills with this book, because NA-Adult Contemporary Romance/Erotic Romance is a much different market than our first book.
We’re hosting an annual diversity event on our sister blog Twinja Book Reviews, and you might see a bunch of new faces, or even some you know, since we opened up to a lot of Romance writers and bloggers over the past few weeks!
There’s even a giveaway for that too!